Would you like to train to be a KidsMatters™ therapist? Whether you are a hypnotherapist who wishes to work with children, or a therapist from a different background – including counsellors, child psychologists and play therapists – who is looking for a way to deepen your communication with children and help them create meaningful, positive and lasting change, this course is for you. Children respond amazingly well to hypnotherapy – helping children to access their natural state of hypnosis not only helps them in the here and now, but also provides them essential life skills. There is a huge, and growing, demand for children’s hypnotherapy as many schools and parents are looking for different ways to help children navigate their way in an increasingly complex world.
As a KidsMatters™ therapist, you will have the confidence to create a supportive therapeutic environment, which taps into a child’s own understanding of the world around him or her. You will master a range of techniques which you can use to help that child take control of any issues which have affected her negatively and develop skills which she will have for the rest of her life.
Using hypnotherapy with children requires a completely different approach to that used with adults. If you don’t have a background in hypnotherapy, don’t worry as many of the ‘traditional’ and more formalised hypnotic techniques are not required when working with children. If you are already a qualified hypnotherapist, you’ll discover a range of approaches which will not only help you work effectively with children but which will also enhance your work with your adult clients.
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A brief internet search reveals that many hypnotherapists do not work with children. Some of the reasons for the lack of hypnotherapists working in this area – in contrast to the potential demand – include:
- Many courses do not cover how to work with children.
Working with children requires a specific skill set and approach. Many hypnotherapy trainers lack the skills or the time to teach students in an ethical, in-depth manner. As a KidsMatters™ practitioner, you will be in a small minority of hypnotherapists who are fully trained to work with children.
- Hypnotherapists worry about the legal requirements around therapist registration and disclosure which puts them off working with children.
If you come from a non-therapy background and have never worked with children before, you may be concerned about the practicalities of working with children – and particularly the ethical and legal issues involved. KidsMatters™ provides you with a clear set of protocols for working with children including legal and ethical issues.
- Hypnotherapists try to use techniques they learnt on their diploma course, and find they don’t work with children!
If you have attempted to work with children, it’s possible that you (and they!) were disappointed with the results. From creating rapport, to using inductions, to providing useful resources, many techniques that work brilliantly with adults simply don’t sit well with children.
- Parents think that hypnotherapy may cause their children harm in some way.
Despite the work of many professional, ethical hypnotherapists, many people are still confused about what hypnotherapy actually is – and whether it could be harmful to their children. This lack of knowledge extends to some professionals. KidsMatters™ puts parents’ concerns at ease, and explains the process of hypnotherapy in an easily accessible way.
- Parents are put off from seeking help for their children because they feel therapy carries a stigma.
Some people still feel that there is a stigma attached to seeking therapy – and that if you seek therapy for your child, you have failed in some way. It should be noted that the idea of ‘stigma’ comes very much from the parent – kids are generally unaware of it, and often welcome the opportunity to do something about issues which have been causing them problems. KidsMatters™ helps overcome these issues by presenting the therapeutic process as not just useful, but fun. The emphasis is on positive growth – not just fixing problems – and KidsMatters™ conveys this message effectively.
- Kids don’t enjoy their first experience with a hypnotherapist and decide they’re not going back!
If you don’t enjoy an experience, you’re not going to go back – especially if that experience didn’t help with the issue you were trying to deal with! Many hypnotherapists not only lack the tools to work with children, they also don’t know how to explain things at kids’ levels, or to set up good rapport. KidsMatters™ enables you to provide effective, informative and fun sessions which kids just love.
- Existing research focuses on pain management and chronic health conditions
Hypnotherapists looking to expand their knowledge on research into the use of hypnotherapy with children may come across a lack of diversity in the nature of research, which has tended to focus primarily on chronic health conditions and pain management.
1-2-1 Zoom tutorial
Marked case study assignments
PowerPoint video presentations
3 months post-course supervision
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